Windows Mobile smart phones hold an enormous amount of information about their contacts. This, combined with the fact that most mobile phone users don't memorise their address book information anymore, makes the contact list in your Windows Mobile phone valuable. To either import those contacts into another program or phone or save them for backup purposes, you have to extract them from the phone's memory. Microsoft advises you use Microsoft Outlook to export contact from your Windows Mobile phone.
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Things you need
- USB cable
Connect your Windows Mobile phone to your computer using the USB cable. Open the Windows Mobile Device Center on your computer. (See Resources.)
Click "Mobile Device Settings" on the Windows Mobile Device Center home screen. Click "Change Content Sync Settings." Check the box next to "Contacts." Click "Save." Click "Sync" on the Windows Mobile Device Center home screen.
Open Microsoft Outlook on your computer. Go to "File" > "Options" > "Advanced." Click "Export."
Click "Export a file" and then click "Next." Select CSV as the file type and select which contacts you want to export. Click "Next."
Click "Browse" to select the folder on your computer that you want to save the CSV file to and give it an appropriate name. Click "OK."
Click "Next" and then click "Finish."
Tips and warnings
- If your phone uses a SIM card, you can also copy your contacts to the SIM by pressing the menu key in the address book and clicking "Copy to SIM." Then you can transfer the SIM card to another phone for import into that phone's address book. However, not all mobile providers use SIM technology.
- Windows Mobile Device Center currently doesn't allow you to synchronise your contacts with any other program other than Microsoft Outlook.
- These instructions may vary depending on the brand and model of Windows Mobile phone you are using. Consult the phone's user manual for brand and model specific information.
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